Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel walked out on his ABC-TV stage on Wednesday night modeling a suit made entirely of bracelets made by children using Rainbow Loom, the craft toy created by Wichita State University graduates Choon and Yeow Ng.
In the film clips from his show, Kimmel said he’d asked viewers to send him Rainbow Loom bracelets and other colorful designs made from Rainbow Loom rubber bands. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” received so many thousands that the show was able to make not only the suit but neckties for the show’s entire band.
In the show clip, Kimmel said he was now “98 percent rubber.”
“I don’t know why everyone gets so down on child labor,” Kimmel said, jokingly.
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His show is auctioning the suit on eBay to raise money for a children’s cancer charity.
Choon Ng, reached by e-mail this morning, said that he’d seen the show “I’m keeping an eye on the suit at Ebay. :-)” he wrote.
The Toy Industry Association earlier this month named Rainbow Loom Toy of the Year.
Choon Ng lives in Michigan, where he’s worked as a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry. His brother Yeow runs Rainbow Loom’s online store in Wichita, and works also as a mechanical engineer at the National Institute for Aviation Research.